Buddy program at Linnaeus University (info to incoming students)
The program allows local students to meet and get to know international students from all over the world that come to Linnaeus University to study. The idea with the buddy program is to offer support to new international students, such as yourself, and also to improve integration at Linnaeus University. All the little things taken for granted in the everyday life are things that may seem strange or difficult for a newcomer. This is what a buddy may help with. The buddy is a local student to whom the international student may turn to for support. Buddies help incoming students to get settled into the student life and answer questions related to living in Kalmar/Växjö.
The students who become buddies are prior to your arrival informed about cultural understanding, what to help you with and so on. Many of the buddies have been on exchange themselves or are later going. Many have also lived abroad to work and/or traveled a longer period.
Having a buddy means that someone is waiting for you here, someone who wants to get to know you. When matched you are supposed to be contacted prior to your arrival, by email or on Facebook. We are aware of that the time before going abroad is very busy but we kindly ask you to reply when your assigned buddy reaches out to you. Otherwise he/she may think that you’re not interested.
Once in Sweden, try your best to make time for you and your buddy. Things buddies and international students usually do together varies but it is common to meet for coffee, go out together, visit the towns or the surroundings, maybe have a language exchange etc. Your buddy is also encouraged to show you around locally.
It is necessary to point out that all students are not guaranteed a buddy, this because many students choose to study here. If you are assigned a buddy also depends on when you sign up. Apply early and fill out the info requested.
Sign up via https://buddyprogram.net/ (choose Kalmar or Växjö)
Follow the instructions in the application. If you have any questions about the sign up etc. you’re welcome to contact email@example.com
Buddy program at Linnaeus University (info to local students)
Are you a current (local) student interested in becoming a buddy to a new international student? The program is open to all local students: Swedish as well as internationals. Just be aware of that if incoming students indicate in their application that they prefer a Swedish student we try to follow their wishes. When signing up to become a buddy, you cannot be matched with a Swedish student.
Sign up via https://buddyprogram.net (choose Kalmar or Växjö)
Follow the instructions in the application. If you have any questions prior to signing up contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more about the program and how to support your assigned student(s) in the Buddy guide
Kalmar: Buddy guide ENG
Växjö: Buddy guide 2019-20